Museum shines with solar power
Eden Killer Whale Museum steps into the age of renewable energy.
On 25 September 2008, Pyramid Power installed grid connected solar power. This begins with 12 solar panels on the roof that produce DC power which is then converted to AC power through a bi-directional meter.
Power not used by the museum is then fed into the grid and then credited against any power used in times of low solar energy. The system is expected to generate two kilowats of power.
It will reduce the costs associated with mains power, reduces the museum's carbon footprint and puts power back into the grid. The virtues of this project will become the focus of a special display and school groups will be able to see the system in action with the aid of a wireless radio unit which reveals how much carbon has been saved and how much solar power has been generated.
The museum received $13,500 towards the project through the Australian government's Photovoltaic Rebate Programme for Schools and Community Buildings.
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